Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WIP Wednesday


Not too much on the needles right now but I am getting ready to cast on to do 3 washcloths (not all at the same time...LOL) and then I need to revisit my list to see what's next!  I do have an FO which I'll post on Friday and maybe by then I'll have another?  A girl can hope!  So exciting to pick out new projects....I'm pretty sure it will be socks!  I also have to get going on my granny square blanket and I have a few finishes to do.  But for now this is what I am working on.......

The gift scarf is 15 inches long now and I have 2 more skeins which means it will be 45 inches long when I run out of yarn unless I can find more skeins with the same lot number?  Is 45 inches long enough for  a heavy and bulky scarf like this?  I'm thinking it's not long enough to throw over your shoulder which I think it should be capable of.  We'll see.

This next project I started and wouldn't say what it was but "curious minds wanted to know" so.......... 
 It's going to be a crochet hook holder...........like below
 This is another "beginner" project out of Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench.....love this book!  I am making everything in it...eventually! LOL!  You could do this without a pattern really as it's just single crochet 11 1/2 inches by 8 inches and then a cute crocheted edging, line it and before you line it sew the pockets for your hooks.  I think it's just one pocket and then you machine stitch the pocket to separate for each of your hooks.  Then you sew it to the crocheted rectangle.  We'll see how I do....I'm sure it won't turn out as nice as Nicki's, regardless but "practice makes perfect" and the more I do the better I'll get...I hope.
I'm so glad I decided to intersperse little projects in with bigger ones.  It has made it so much more fun and gratifying to have some finishes more often.
I also want to do some toys this year....knitted, and I am in love with Beatrix Potter and Brambly Hedge animals.  I think they are just so adorable.  I found knitting patterns for them but OMG they are SO expensive!  They run between $30 to $60 for just one pattern!  The designer is darn good but they are now out of print thus the top dollar.  The designer is Alan Dart and his website has all kinds of toy patterns and they are exquisite!  They are in English pounds but I don't think they're too expensive and there are so many to chose from.  There is also a Ravelry Group for "Alan Dart" people.  They are very popular and he gets high praise for well-written and beautifully designed "stuffies".  So, before I plunk down serious  money for a BP or BH pattern, I think I will give some of his other patterns a try first and see how I do.  The Ravelry group is also there to help and answer any questions along the way so that is very reassuring.  Have any of you knitted up any of his toys?  I'm also looking at Susan Anderson's (designer on Ravelry also) and of course there are some really nice ones that are totally free on Ravelry too.  Here are some of Alan's toys...........
Bunny Babies (Click to read more)
 Aren't they just precious?  
I'll be by to visit you and see your WIPs later....I have to get some work done around here first or there will be no clean clothes and no food to eat! LOL!  Have a great  day and thank you always for your comments....I appreciate them so much!
P.S.  Don't forget to go visit all the other gifted participants in the WIP...just click on the icon for WIP Wednesday on the right side of my blog.

7 comments:

  1. I blocked a portion of a cable shawl I am making to determine how much I could get out of the repeats. Maybe see how much relaxing the yarn does on a portion of it. Pre-block it, even if it's just 20" at the bottom. See how much stretch is in the 20" pinned down and then once the pins are released. Very nice cables.

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  2. Go to Amazon and look up Brambly Hedge and Beatrix Potter knitting patterns - they have books of patterns for the animals for under $3 used - might be what you are looking for. Prob not the original designer, but maybe close enough!

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  3. That crochet hook holder is a great idea. It bet it would make nice gifts too.

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  4. I see you continue to keep busy. I crocheted lots of dishcloths over the summer as they were easy to pick up and put down while traveling by car. Back home now and settled back in. Finished the first week of school. This weekend I need to tackle cleaning but keep putting it off. Ugh! Best wishes, Tammy

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  5. Love the hook holder! I have something similar but I got it from an online store. Looks like a great project.

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  6. I love the crochet hook holder....it is adorable and I am sure yours will be lovely too. The stuffies are so cute....but so much work! I would be hard pressed to justify spending that much for a pattern though. Have a super week....
    -smiles-

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  7. Those little guys look like great fun! Hope you find a used book someplace:)

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